I was actually touched by the death watch for the Pope - I was impressed with him as a man, impressed by the seemingly genuine love people had for him. I was moved by the honesty I saw in the people who were willing to put up with hours and hours of waiting, the worst crowds, having the most incredible patience I've ever witnessed, just to see a glimpse of him lying in state. What a contrast to people who can't wait a second for lesser things, to people who will kill others for minor intrusions into their space.
Michael Jackson (no link...I just offer that you check out any news link) is going DOWN. I do not see a jury being swayed by a conspiracy theory among so many people testifying to pretty much the same thing. The sad thing is that Jackson's freakness, his arrogance, is what's killing him.
Update: A great article about a volatile voice in female/male studies, Andrea Dworkin, who passed away April 9, 2005, at age 58, the article and death mentioned by Professor Althouse. With reason, Andrea Dworkin pissed a lot of people off. I studied her in law school and I was fascinated by all the noise she made, by all that pot-stirring and pot-throwing she did. She said outrageous things, hateful things. Crazy things. But one thing she never accomplished was the state of being ignored, like so many female voices that attempt loudness. It's the state of "not being ignored" that makes me forgive Condoleezza Rice and Ann Coulter their conservatism, Hilary Clinton for her imperfections. While I may want to, on occasion, thrown them to wayside and pray for them to switch sides or mainstream, I never stop admiring their loudness, being outright thankful for it.